Explore Miller Beach


Miller Beach is a community on the southernmost shore of Lake Michigan and was first settled in 1851.  Located in the northeastern corner of Lake County, Indiana, Miller Beach borders Lake Michigan to the north and Porter County  to the east, and is largely surrounded by protected lands, including the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Miller Beach is also the closest beach/resort community to Chicago, and has been a popular vacation spot since the early 20th century.  As of the 2000 US census, it had a population of 9,900. Approximately 35 minutes from downtown Chicago by car, Miller Beach has attracted Chicagoans as tourists and residents for more than a century.

Home to some of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, Miller Beach contains a high proportion of protected land.  Miller encompasses the westernmost part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, including the Miller Woods  and Long Lake  areas.  The National Lakeshore’s popular West Beach area lies immediately to the east of Miller Beach. The entire shoreline of Miller is public beachfront.

Miller Beach’s large lakefront park, Marquette Park, is a national landmark containing architecturally significant and historic structures, two bronze sculptures and was also the location of early experiments in aviation (Octave Chanute) which predates the Wright Brothers flights.

Mostly an affluent area, Miller Beach contains multiple business districts including the Miller Beach Arts and Creative, a robust civil society, and numerous public and charter schools. The community is within a mile of exits on four major interstates and is also served by South Shore Line commuter trains. Having defied regional trends toward racial polarization and environmental degradation, Miller Beach exhibits extraordinary socioeconomic, racial and bio diversity. The community has been described as “an island of integration and natural beauty”.


There is something for everyone in and around Miller Beach, no matter the season!

The dream retreat is only a stones throw away from Lake St. Beach–the Most Popular in Miller Beach

Lake St. Beach has a boat launch for jet skis, sailboats, shallow-hulled motor boats, etc.

Portage Marina (10 minutes away) can accommodate larger vessels.

The Hammond Casinos (Trump, Majestic, Horseshoe) are only a 10 minute drive away, Blue Chip Casino is only 30 minutes away and Four Winds Casino is only 60 minutes away.

The Lighthouse Premium Outlets (120 stores) are a 30 minute drive.

Five minutes to Wells Street Beach and West Side Beach–Heart of the National Park Lakeshore & Visitors Center.

The best pizza this side of Chicago–Flamingo Pub & Family Restaurant–only 5 minutes away!

Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails (e.g., Marquette park trails and nature center, etc.)

Plenty of dunes to climb and explore–the views will take your breath away!

Ten minute drive to Merrillville–retail hub–dining, activities, boutiques, and large two-story Westfield Shopping mall.

Water and Amusement Parks
(Deep River, Indiana Beach SplashDown, Splash Universe)

Albanese Candy Factory Tours.

3 Movie Theatres

Twelve 70-72 Par Golf Courses

Live Theatre Performances

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Center

Sightseeing–Amish Country, Fall Foilage Tours, Coastal Driving, etc.

Saugatuck and Fennville Wine Tours

Chesterton’s “European Market”

Lake Station’s “Jansen’s” Farmers Market (for the freshest in organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Water-skiing, Fishing, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, Sailing, Swimming, Wildlife viewing, Bird watching, Boating, Snorkling/Diving, Antiquing, Live concerts at the Star Plaza (Merrillville) or Blue Chip Casino, Shelling, Sledding.